The reasoning is that when a minor marries, the spouse (rather than the parents) will support the minor.
By contrast, in most cases, a minor who is pregnant (or recently gave birth) will likely continue to depend on parents or legal guardians for financial support. This means that she has the right to control her own decisions about her pregnancy.
Marriage Under Age 15 Maryland law prohibits marriage by anyone under the age of 15.
Marriage at Age 15, 16, or 17 If you are 15, you can marry if you meet both of the requirements listed below.
If you are 16 or 17, you can marry if you meet one of the requirements.
However, the physician may perform the abortion without notifying the parent or guardian if the minor does not live with a parent or guardian or if the physician efforts to notify them have failed.
Read the Law: Md Code Health-General §20-103 The doctor may also perform the abortion without notifying the parent or guardian if the physician decides that: • Notice to the parent or guardian may lead to physical or emotional abuse of the minor, • The minor is mature and capable of giving informed consent to an abortion, or • Notification would not be in the “best interest” of the minor.